macbook or macbook pro

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  1. iSaygoodbye macrumors 6502a

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    So in a month or two ill be buying a mac laptop.I cant decide on the macbook or the macbook pro.What ill be using it for is Internet,Itunes,Ichat,Photoshop,Video editing(hobby),and sometimes gaming.So should i get the macbook or the macbook pro?Thanks guys
     
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    Depends, is money an issue? What's important to you personally?
     
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    I'd probably say go for the Macbook Pro, I bought one in December last year for very similar purposes to ones you describe and have never been disappointed with it, due to the higher amounts of RAM and faster processor I got over what's offered with the Macbook, but then again it does depend on how intensive your work's going to be, because if it's only light then a Macbook would probably do, could you be more specific about exactly how much work you do in each app etc?
     
  4. iSaygoodbye thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    money isnt a issue ill just have to save up for the macbook pro a bit longer. also another reason im leaning towards the pro is because its more future proof
     
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    For what you're doing a Macbook is going to be borderline overkill.
     
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    how could it be overkill considering its the lowest laptop apple offers?
     
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Because out of your listed uses:

    the first 3 could be done on a G3 perfectly fine, while the last 2 "on occassion" don't make it worth buying a Macbook Pro.
     
  9. iSaygoodbye thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    photoshop isnt on occasion,i use it alot and i plan on gaming with it alot too
     
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I still say that a Macbook will handle Photoshop perfectly fine. Unless you're a power user doing really heavy tasks, anyway. Gaming might be a different story depending on what you're playing and how often. I don't know, the Macbook Pro is certainly a better computer, so if you think you need that then just save the extra money and get it.
     
  11. iSaygoodbye thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks.ill be playing cod 4 and 5.and gears and oblivion in boot camp and various other games i find out about :D
     
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    You should also also consider screen real-estate and form factor.

    While I love the small form factor of the Macbook for carrying it around, I feel sometimes truly constrained by its 1200x800 resolution. Sadly Apple offers no choice here...
     
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    If you're doing serious photoshop of gaming then you shouldn't be working on a laptop screen in the first place. You could take the money you save by getting the Macbook (as opposed to the Pro) and buy a large external monitor.
     
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    now that i think about it,i dont want my main machine running on wifi.So i think im either gonna get a mini or imac.thanks guys.you made me realize i need a desktop
    :)
     
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    How often do you take that large external monitor with you on the road? :eek:

    I prefer to travel light but still wish for a better screen resolution. 1200x800 is the bare minimum these days (try reading through a 100 page PDF-Document in full page mode - on the go)...
     

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